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Cocktail (1988)

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A talented New York City bartender takes a job at a bar in Jamaica and falls in love.

Director:

Roger Donaldson

Writer:

Heywood Gould (screenplay)
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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Cruise ... Brian Flanagan
Bryan Brown ... Doug Coughlin
Elisabeth Shue ... Jordan Mooney
Lisa Banes ... Bonnie
Laurence Luckinbill ... Mr. Mooney
Kelly Lynch ... Kerry Coughlin
Gina Gershon ... Coral
Ron Dean ... Uncle Pat
Robert Donley Robert Donley ... Eddie
Ellen Foley ... Eleanor
Andrea Doven ... Dulcy (as Andrea Morse)
Chris Owens ... Soldier
Louis Ferreira ... Soldier (as Justin Louis)
John Graham John Graham ... Soldier
Richard Thorn Richard Thorn ... Soldier
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Storyline

Intent on becoming a successful businessman, and even a millionaire, the ex-military man, Brian Flanagan, waits for his big break while serving drinks at a New York City tavern, and studying for his degree. However, when the charismatic cynic and veteran bartender, Doug Coughlin, becomes the ambitious Brian's sage mentor, their chemistry, combined with the flamboyant tricks behind the bar, will soon yield fame and money until they decide to split ways. Now, as Flanagan struggles to raise money in Jamaica to open his dream bar someday, he falls hard for the striving waitress, Jordan Mooney, while a wealthy fashion executive wants to take him back to Manhattan to live with her. Is there a future between Brian and Jordan? Written by Nick Riganas

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They thought he was good, they were wrong... he was the best See more »

Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Romance

Certificate:

R | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Release Date:

29 July 1988 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Bartender See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$20,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$11,789,466, 31 July 1988

Gross USA:

$78,222,753

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$171,504,781
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color (Metrocolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Jennifer Grey, Demi Moore, Ally Sheedy, Jodie Foster, Daryl Hannah, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Jennifer Jason Leigh were all considered for the role of Jordan Mooney, which in the end was cast with Elisabeth Shue. See more »

Goofs

When Brian and Bonnie arrive at the exhibition, the movie showing in the cinema is Barfly, when Brian leaves, it's Casablanca. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Brian: Come on, put it to the floor! Come on! Let's go!
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Alternate Versions

Some TV versions have some alternate takes of some scenes with no harsh language, such as the scene when Brian and Doug have their bar fight. See more »

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Referenced in Jerry Maguire (1996) See more »

Soundtracks

Hippy Hippy Shake
Written by Chan Romero
Performed by The Georgia Satellites
Published by Jonware Music Co., BMI
Courtesy of Elektra Records
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A Guilty Pleasure 80's Movie To Enjoy
1 July 2019 | by JustinCasey83See all my reviews

A young Tom Cruise stars as Brian Flanagan in the movie entitled,"Cocktail". It tells the story of how a young man who recently got discharged from the Army tries his luck into achieving success in life at New York as a bar tender. Added to that,we also get to witness how he became a bartender as well as how he fell in love with a vacationing artist,Jordan Mooney at Jamaica together with his transformation from being a very materialistic young man into a successful businessman.Bryan Brown and Elisabeth Shue co-stars in this movie based on the novel of Heywood Gould of the same title of the movie that was directed by Roger Donaldson.

No question that this was apparently a star vehicle for the young Tom Cruise,who attained international stardom from Top Gun.Added to that,we also get to witness how it capitalizes on his good looks and how the story was rewritten many times for the viewer to enjoy. Added to that,we also get to witness on how the young Tom Cruise makes it an enjoyable and fun movie on his looks alone despite of having a so-so story. It was a guilty pleasure movie that would remind everyone of a young Cruise as well as the 80's.


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